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volume 2 number 3
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volume 2 number 3 August 2004
 
        "The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them to the impossible." - Arthur C. Clarke


    How true the above statement, and while we aren't trying to build a better robot or decipher the mysteries of the Tycho Monolith, poeticdiversity is expanding and evolving for the Los Angeles community.

    Starting with this issue, we are now a literary publication. We'll continue to publish poetry, but have expanded to include short stories, essays, novel excerpts and other types of writing included in the canon of literature. Our focus is still on the L.A. community, but in keeping with our goal to present a diversity of writers, both local and abroad, the choice to expand was a no-brainer, to say the least.

    We have a lot of fantastic writing this issue, starting with our featured poets; Vasile Baghiu (Romania), Steve Goldman, Amari Hamadene (Algeria), Larry Jaffe, Jasmin Jordan, Rick Lupert, Jeanne Marie Spicuzza, and Pedro Trevino-Ramirez. We've got a brilliantly wacky rebuttal from Julia Bemiss to Patrick Mooney (Issue # 3) in our Guest Essayist column; an interview with Raindog, editor of Lummox and Dufus; stories from Roger Angle (winner of the 2000 Random House short fiction contest), Melissa Fischer, Stephen Kerr (in Ireland, but coming back to L.A. soon), Amanda Krut, Ray Lanthier, Marie Lecrivain (yes, that's me), Laura Lionello (watch your pets!), Greggory Moore, Brenda Patrakos, and Douglas Richardson (possibly the next Harlan Ellison!).

    As always, we have a lot of great work from our contributing poets, and I would like to thank Richard Beban for graciously allowing poeticdiversity to publish his poem What the Heart Weighs, (also the title of his full-length collection of poetry, coming in September 2004 from Red Hen Press) in this issue. Finally, we have the honor, and pleasure to present as Luis Vargas as our Artist in Residence. Luis is a multi-talented painter, illustrator, tattoo artist and poet, whose surrealist and sensual images confound, yet arouse the senses. You can see more of Luis's work at his Artist in Residence page or at his website www.spluisart.com.

    Enjoy the summer, but don't stop creating, writing or being good to each other. See you in November!

marie lecrivain
executive editor
poeticdiversity

staff  
executive editor/publisher marie lecrivain
contributing editors g murray thomas, charles claymore, carol smallwood, angel uriel perales, deborah l. warner, annette sugden
guest editor apryl skies
art editor maurico alejandro ramos
webmaster reggie ige
mascots puff, guinness, mr. poe (dearly departed), and vince